Lazy Sunday: Old Time Radio and Influenza – Listening to the Jack Benny Show While Sick In Bed
All this week I’ve been sick with the flu. Now I’m at the tail end of it – still tired, still weak, but itching to get back regular life. And that means back to blogging. I’ve missed this lil’ ole blog.
As you know, I’m a huge old Hollywood fan. If you asked me my favorite actors, actresses, comedians, or singers I guarantee the majority of them will be dead. What can I say? I’m nostalgic for a time period I never lived in. One of my favorite old time entertainers is the wonderful comedian Jack Benny.
So this week, while sick in bed, I decided that laughter would be the best medicine for me and I downloaded podcasts of his radio show. Thanks to an intrepid podcaster who calls himself Buck Benny I was able to listen to show upon show of Jack and his talented cast of performers.
The show has a timeless quality even though it often references people and events that are long forgotten. The humor is fresh, the cast is intrepid and the one liners are rapid fire. And some of my favorite parts are when the cast breaks up. After all, it was live radio, and no matter what the flub the show always went on. To hear the performers breakdown into genuine laughter is a real treat.
The earliest shows are around 80 years old which I find amazing. They’ve endured so long and I hope that more people will take advantage of the ability to listen to them. They are true treasures.
To check out the podcast, click here.
Oh, and I couldn’t resist this parting shot
That’s an advertisement you wouldn’t see nowadays!